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Virtual Happenings

Music and Performing Arts Professions

During these incredibly challenging times, we want our MPAP community to stay connected. If you would like to send recordings, videos, or photos of any of your projects, please email them to We'll share some of your submissions with our community through this page.

Instrumental Performance

String Studies Virtual Recitals

Watch two hour-long virtual concerts by String Studies students.

Woodwinds and Piano Students Record Recital Repertoire Remotely

Oboist Dan Shengquan and his accompanist, Xiaoya Gao, have been recording his recital repertoire while quarantined.

Professor Matt Sullivan Performs Remotely with Quintet of the Americas

Woodwind Studies faculty member Matt Sullivan and his ensemble Quintet of the Americas have been making videos from home.

Virtual Orchestra Creates Videos

Some of our department’s Instrumental Performance majors have joined forces as the West 4th Street Collective.

New Video Features Strings and Woodwinds Artist Faculty

Gina Cuffari commissioned Gregg August to write a work involving both singing and playing the bassoon.

NYU Broadway Orchestra Remote Recording Project

A remote recording of "The Wizard and I" from "Wicked."

NYU New Music Ensemble Records Remotely

The NYU New Music Ensemble has released recordings created remotely from three continents.

All-University Jazz Orchestra Premieres New Composition

The orchestra remotely performed the premiere of a jazz mambo.

Watch Jared Shaw's Senior Recital

Jared presented his senior recital on YouTube with performances on drum set, xylophone, djembe, and African gyil.

Student Brass Quintet Video

Graduate student Caitlin Jodoin and her classmates Sophie Manoloff, Matthew Leland, Heather Gray, and Dante Guinta made a video of their remote performance of Sonny Kompanek’s Killer Tango.

Grammy-Winning Producer Visits Piano Colloquy

Students engaged in a rich discussion with Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Silas Brown.

Music Composition

Composition Alum is Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Music

Alex Weiser was one of the two finalists for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Friday@1 Online

Conversations with renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives.

New Single from Songwriting Alum

Songwriting alum Andrea Niane just released her second single, "When January Comes," from her upcoming EP Nighttime Stories.

The Making of the “Faith over Fear” Project

David Mercado has created an entertaining tutorial on independent music video-making.

Screen Scoring Recording

A video of Screen Scoring's Advanced Orchestration and the Seminar in Composition held remotely.

The Bang on a Can Marathon 2020 Live Online

The 2020 Bang on a Can Marathon featured more than 40 participating artists, including faculty and alumni of our department.

Business, Technology, and Administration

Music Tech Grad Student Engineers Hits

Fermin Suero, Jr. is achieving professional success as a vocal engineer.

Music Business Students Release Singles

Students Peter Han and Morgan Keller released singles from home.

Performing Arts Administration Happy Hour

Hosted twice a week, these 30-minute Zoom casual meetups make a space for our students to connect.

Jac Holzman Connects with Music Business Students

Undergrads were treated to a conversation with the founder of Elektra Records and Nonesuch Records, an executive, producer, engineer, technologist, and consummate A&R man.

PAA Student is Creative Producer of Educational Children's Symphony

Nora Barpal recently held a virtual workshop/reading of an educational children's symphony.

Music Technology Professor’s Team Wins ASCAP-NYC Media Lab Challenge

Pablo Ripollés and his team were selected as one of 5 winners of the ASCAP-NYC Media Lab Challenge.

Music Business Students Meet Post Malone

Post Malone visited our Music Business program’s final class of the semester.

Professor Linda Shelton Discusses the Future of Performance Venues

Large scale performing arts presenters and representatives discuss what the future will bring in the age of COVID-19.


Music Education’s A Class Act Featured

Members of A Class Act posted a video of themselves dancing to "One (Reprise)/Finale."

Dance Ed Students Create Dance Chain Letter

Dance Education students participated in a dance chain letter set to "From a Distance."

Educational Theatre Students Make “Thank You” Video

A video made to uplift the New York spirits during this dark time.

New Video From Ed Theatre Student

Graduate student Rita Liu created a video with her classmates called “Dance to Quarantine.”

Creative Arts Therapies

Music Therapy Alum Brings Joy to Children’s Hospital

The work of Music Therapy alum and current rehabilitation sciences PhD student Annalissa Vicencio was featured on News 12.

Music Therapy Professor on NY1

Nir Sadovnik created a video with his coworkers there to the song “Lean on Me" for the patients and staff at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn.

Vocal Perfomance

Norm Lewis Guests at Vocal Performance Program Meeting

Vocal Performance students were treated to a conversation with Norm Lewis.

Vocal Performance Alum Covers The Spinners

Todd Alsup has recorded a new cover of the 1973 Spinners classic “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love.”

Vocal Performance Launches Video Series

The program has launched a new video series, “Inside the Virtual Classroom.”


Vanessa Williams Named NYU Steinhardt's 2020-2021 Dean’s Scholar-in-Residence

Vanessa Williams, a multi-faceted performer who has sold millions of records worldwide, has been named NYU Steinhardt's 2020-2021 Dean’s Scholar-in-Residence.

Remote Masterclasses

Virtual masterclasses offered by several of our programs.

Staff and Students Make Masks for Healthcare Workers

Our costume shop supervisor and several of her students volunteer to make masks for health workers in need.